European Council President Donald Tusk responded to the recent 10 Downing Street briefings on Wednesday October 9th by writing on his Twitter profile that the current impasse was not about “winning some stupid blame game,” but the future of both Europe and the United Kingdom.
The tweet came as a reaction to the briefings released by an anonymous Number 10 source and published by the Spectator, which accused first the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and later German Chancellor Angela Merkel, of making an agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union impossible.
After that, the EU responded, that the British side of the negotiating table had not made strides towards either a compromise or an agreement. Arguments were put forward as to why each side was to blame for the lack of an organised exit.
Tusk reminded readers of his post that what is currently at stake is “the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people.” The message was addressed to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson directly but was made available for the public to see.
He continued by asking Johnson outright: “You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke, quo vadis?”, with the last phrase in Latin meaning, ‘Where are you going?’
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Tusk was not the only who was frustrated by the latest Brexit developments and starting to suspect that it was in fact Johnson and his government who were making a deal impossible.
The Guardian source stated that other European diplomats in Brussels were aghast at the behaviour from Number 10 and cited a further source saying these latest statements blaming individual European leaders were “strange and immature.”